David Copperfield and Great Expectations are among Charles Dickens's most famous novels. In both books, the hero tells the vivid and absorbing tale of his education by life, presents a rich range of characters and scenes,...Show More
David Copperfield and Great Expectations are among Charles Dickens's most famous novels. In both books, the hero tells the vivid and absorbing tale of his education by life, presents a rich range of characters and scenes, and tackles profound moral, social and psychological themes.
Part I of this essential study:
• provides lucid and penetrating analyses of key passages
• discusses the crucial topics of patriarchy, class, obsession, eccentricity, death, breakdown and recovery
• summarizes the methods of analysis and offers suggestions for further work.
Part II supplies key background material, including:
• an account of Dickens's life and works
• a survey of historical, cultural and literary contexts
• samples of significant criticism.
Also featuring a valuable Further Reading section, this volume provides readers with the critical and analytical skills which will enable them to enjoy and explore both novels for themselves.
General Editor's Preface
Note on Quotations
PART I: ANALYSING 'DAVID COPPERFIELD' AND 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS'
2. Sons and Patriarchs
3. Ladies and Gentlemen
4. Obsessives and Eccentrics
5. Moments of Truth
6. Dying in Style
7. Breakdown and Recovery
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
8. Charles Dickens: Life and Works
9. The Historical, Cultural and Literary Context
10. A Sample of Critical Views
11. Further Reading.-Index.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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- Austen: Persuasion Judy Simons
- George Eliot: Middlemarch Patrick Swinden
- Dickens: Bleak House A.E. Dyson
- Tess of the DUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy James Gibson
- Austen: Pride and Prejudice Raymond Wilson
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Richard Wirdnam
- Silas Marner by George Eliot Graham Handley
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens Dennis Butts
- The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot Helen Wheeler